Mass Rising
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,150
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Mar 07, 2021
Sep 07, 2013
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Notes: In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
IBUs 100 IBU
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to WunderLlama for this one from a recent ninja box. 16oz can (dated 10/1/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very hazy orangeish yellow color with an inch of white head that had good retention and extremely light lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, just a bit of malt/grain, with some cattiness and citrus notes.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with the cattiness subdued and the citrus being a bit brighter.

The body was medium, leaning towards full, had good carb, and a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was good, and I'd like to have it again, but I don't think I'd want two in a row.

Overall, a pretty nice brew, and one I'd like to have again. Certainly worth trying if you see it.
Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: fast heading head no lacing but clear with a amber color
S, hard to standout light toasted bread

t pops toasty bread is the star

M is crisp and clean
Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned 10/1/20

From the innovators of the style, we have the second highest rated IPL on this site. I haven’t had many of the style, but Jack’s Abby usually hits home runs with this kind of thing, obviously

Pours a lightly cloudy orange gold with 3 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves patchy lacing

Aroma-wise, this might as well just be a standard IPA, maybe a double. I think the only lager-like quality is the crisp freshness. I’m picking up on notes of general citrus, spicy hops, juicy mango, papaya, and crisp bready malt

The taste at least brings more of that clean lager yeast to keep things light. On the front end I’m tasting light pine, lemon peel, herbal hops, and a touch of pepper. The swallow brings notes of more floral hops, crisp malt, papaya, and light pithy grapefruit

Drinks unbelievably light for the abv, absolutely unreal. A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation for a super refreshing beer. The finish is not quite dry, but also not sticky

An incredible beer here, I’m still amazed at how easy it drinks for 8%. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one again
Jan 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8,0%, IBU 100. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Lovely aroma of American hops, notes of tropical fruits, wood and pine, some malty notes too. The flavour has some malts and caramel sweetness, but is first and foremost hoppy, with fruity and piney notes, and a solid but not too extreme bitterness in the finish. In a blind test i would have guessed that this was a double IPA. Must be one of the better golden lagers I’ve had.
Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Dec 08, 2020
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Reviewed by SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
When fresh this has to be the best possible example of a very hoppy, very big lager. The only negative here is that the lager-ness gets fairly lost in the hops (could pass as an IPA) but it's still a fantastic beer. So much flavor start to finish. Absolutely delicious. yb
Nov 10, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left a collar around the edge and some wisps of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of mangos along with notes of lemons and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which linger and become stronger in the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very aggressively hopped and has lots of aromas of tropical fruits and citrus but has the nice type of clean mouthfeel you would expect from a pilsner.

Serving type: can
Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 4.84 by Pythanoc from New York

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 3.86 by YJY from England

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2018
Rated: 3.55 by mig100 from Texas

Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze and orange hues. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, herbal hop aromas with sweet malty, bready and boozy notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel with pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium herbal high hop flavors up front followed by medium bready malt. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed by sweet malt and expanding booziness. Finished with bready malt notes, light herbal hops, light booziness and mellow hop bitterness. Hop presence nicely balances the competing malty and boozy characters. Mellow, flavorful and pretty easy drinking for an imperial.
Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by mromagna from Massachusetts

Aug 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 16-oz. can dated 03/28/18 poured slowly into a 20-oz. mug creates a finger sized white froth with lots of lacing.
The head slowly shrinks to a cap as the lacing continues thoughout the drink.
Golden yellow with slight haze and small rising, head supporting bubbles.
The smell features sweet and grainy malts, tropical hops and a faint spicy hot hop kick.
The taste begins with a piney hop bitterness as the rich sweeter malts fill in the middle along with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The taste finishes bitter with the spicy hot hops kicked up a notch, white pepper and paprika.
Medium body and above average carbonation, smooth even feel as it dries. Alcohol is barely noticable.
Big flavors yet easy to drink. It says EXTRA HOPPY on the back of the can and they delivered.
Ale like in body and taste. Best lager I have tried so far, dare I say best beer.
Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
--rich yellow can pour with a bit of haze; aroma is tropical. The flavor is rich with mango and orange. The brew is a tad hot, but has a smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is light to moderate and quite pleasant.
Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a can.
A big, hoppy lager, more in the spirit of a classic Imperial IPA than what you'd expect from a Pilsner. Lots of big pine and grapefruit rind hops and strong bitterness that's balanced by some noticeable alcohol and a crisp malt base, and a dry finish.
Overall very nice!
Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by R11415 from New York

Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

May 28, 2018
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Reviewed by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
canned 03/19/18

L-The beer pours a hazy orange with a full 2 finger white head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving thick clumps of lacing in its wake.
S- The nose is sweet citrus up front finishing with a bit of dankness.
T- On the palate the sweetness noted on the nose is much more muted. While there is still an abundance of citrus, it is more grapefruit than orange. Bitterness is moderate in the finish and the beer finishes dry.
F- Overall the mouthfeel is medium. There is a subtle slickness beneath the accompanying dry finish.
O- Another excellent IPL from the JA guys. Well worth a shot for hop heads.
May 27, 2018
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

1.92/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Surprisingly disappointing beer considering the relatively high ratings here. An amped-up pilsner with a golden color and creamy white head, the beer is far too boozy and exhibits a strong imbalance between hoppy taste and alcoholic content.
May 25, 2018
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Rated by ravisingh from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Nice half inch of head. Good feel. Crisp and hoppy.
May 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 19, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts

May 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts

May 09, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

May 04, 2018
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
L: Hazy, translucent gold with a creamy white head. Moderate retention, with rings of lacing.

S: Ruby red grapefruit flesh, orange zest, pineapple, white bread crust, honey, clover.

T: Huge punch of pineapple and grapefruit upfront. Red grapefruit flesh and blood orange as well as bitter pith, orange peel, lemon. White bread malt with a kiss of honey sweetness. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry; with a touch of pine needle and then a lingering, moderate grapefruit/blood orange bitterness.

F: Medium/medium-full, well-carbonated, fills rich and full on the palate, yet moves quickly. Is extremely drinkable, not too much sweetness or bitterness.

O: This is fantastic, delicious DIPL. Absolutely recommended to any hophead.
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Having on tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color with hints of orange and gold. A neat and orderly bed of film skims over the surface. it soon dissipates and leaves a ring of lace.
The nose immediately hits you with fruity sweetness. There are notes of apricot, mango and citrus fruit. In the background, there are light notes of toasted malt.
The taste makes an impressions with its sweet, bready, thick and chewy malt backbone. The sweetness has a candi sugar feel to it. Furthermore, the hops presence is big and complex, yielding juicy and citrusy flavors of orange peel, grapefruit pith, and tropical fruits. The hops flavors also pack quite the herbal punch, with a potent combination of grass, pine and tobacco. Furthermore, this drink has quite the bitterness to it, playing against those sweet, juicy and malty flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium and on the chewy side. The at times intense bitterness provides a prickle, and a nice dry finish that evokes pine resin. There is also a moderate alcohol spice throughout.
Hard to believe this is a lager considering it tastes so much like a DIPA. I don't have so much experience with this style, nevertheless, I thought it was pretty darn tasty.
Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by Mulnotone from Massachusetts

Apr 19, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look- pale orange, slightly hazy, 1 finger white head that doesn't go away and rings of lacing

Smell- honey, guava, strawberries, slightly dank

Taste- honey and bready malt up front quickly followed by dank and herbal hops that I didn't get in the nose, and that transitions nicely into a firm bitterness

Feel- soft and medium bodied , super smooth, bitter finish

Overall- really nice IPL with a malty sweetness balanced by herbal and bitter hops
Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont

Apr 07, 2018
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